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2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Honor Title

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is...

2020 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Honor Title

Starry Eyes

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: April 03, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned...

2021 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee

Love from A to Z

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult...

2020 Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Inky's Amazing Escape

How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“Montgomery’s expertise and the gorgeous illustrations make this a fine purchase for libraries serving early elementary students.” —School Library...

2020 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Second Runner Up

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka...

2021 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee

Genesis Begins Again

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award A Morris Award Finalist An NPR Favorite Book of 2019...

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade...

Rising Water

The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.On June 23, 2018, twelve...

2021 Rhode Island Latino Book Award Nominee

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Illustrated by Elena Garnu
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2020
Ages: 14 - 99

“A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story.” —Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Fires Everywhere...

Dancing Hands

How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Illustrated by Rafael López
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael...